Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 303

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
After watching Love, Simon over a year ago, I finally picked up the book. The movie broke my heart yet warmed it and made me cry many tears. The book did exactly the same. A wonderful story, fantastic writing, and such raw, beautiful characters warrants a solid 5 stars. I’m putting it up there as one of my favourite contemporaries. I urge you all to check both the book and the movie out!